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ANC faces big losses in South Africa election

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>> South Africa's ruling party is on course for its worst election results since coming to power two decades ago. Municipal elections seeing the African National Congress on course to lose at least one major city, the rival Democratic Alliance taking Nelson Mandela Bay. In Johannesburg and Pretoria, it's still too close to call.
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Reuters correspondent Mfuneko Toyana says the results could point to a more competitive general election in 2019.>> South African politics and democracy as a whole is moving towards a coalition area that hasn't been seen since 1994 when white minority rule was ended.>> The ANC still well ahead nationally on about 54%, but that's well down on the 62% it scored last time.
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Now the results could call into question the future of leader Jacob Zuma.>> Some critics inside and outside the ANC, who've been calling for economic reform to pull the country out of a looming recession, have said that if President Zuma does step down, it might accelerate some of the reforms that are necessary to jump start the economies.
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>> Zuma was already embattled. He rattled investors in December by changing finance ministers twice in a week. Then in April, he faced an impeachment vote over the use of public money to revamp his private home. Zuma survived by promising to pay back some of the money but poor election results will add to a sense that his days in the top job could be numbered.